Volunteers swing back into action

On the first Wednesday of the year we welcomed no less than four volunteers to the reserve on a (relatively) glorious day.  We’re delighted to welcome Roderick to the team as our second new volunteer of the winter, and we’re hoping that a couple more new starts in the next month or so will establish an excellent regular squad of volunteers to press on with big projects lined up for the coming year.

Roderick and I went out initially with the Iron Horse to take care of a couple of bits and pieces at Carsehall, while the others retrieved the flags and signs from the latest bout of ‘Flagging up the Issue’ around Factory Bay.  Removing the sign with the old SNH logo on Carsehall Bog was a minor victory, as it’s featured for some time on the ‘things we didn’t get round to doing’ list.

Roderick gets to grips with our trusty steed

Roderick gets to grips with our trusty steed

The sign that Rod and I removed

The sign that Rod and I removed

Ear-marking tasks for future volunteer days

Ear-marking tasks for future volunteer days

A cracking view over Carsehall Bog

A cracking view over Carsehall Bog

In the afternoon the gang went round to Levenmouth to deploy some traps.  Grey Squirrels have been seen in here again, and with Red Squirrels also in this woodland, it is important that we support our native species by removing the alien invasive greys whenever and wherever we can.

The gang positioned and disguised the 4 squirrel traps

The gang positioned and disguised the 4 squirrel traps

Squirrel traps cunningly concealed in wooden box frames

Squirrel traps cunningly concealed in wooden box frames

One mink raft was also deployed

One mink raft was also deployed

The compound also received a bit of attention later on in the day, with the wood storage unit being re-organised, and more tree guards being moved and bagged.  It really is surprising how quickly space can be created with a few people on a tidy up mission!

Discussions took place over the timber storage

Discussions took place over the timber storage

David set about tidying up the compound

David set about tidying up the compound

 

 

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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